Paul Hegarty runs out of luck as Derry stumble against Bohs
Derry City 2-3 Bohemians
Derry City suffered their first defeat under Paul Hegarty as they lost out 3-2 in an entertaining contest against Bohemians at the Brandywell.
All the goal-scoring action took place in the first half, with Derry coming from behind twice but not a third time as Jake Kelly's 35th minute goal proved to be the match winner.
It was the Candystripes' final home clash of the season but they failed to sign off on a winning note.
Just over 90 seconds into the game, Bohs striker Ismahil Akinade beat Derry's offside trap and raced through one-on-one against Gerard Doherty, prodding the ball underneath the goalkeeper and into the net to give the visitors the lead.
There was still an inquest into the Bohs goal amongst the Derry City defenders when the game kicked off again and straight away Mark Timlin received the ball on the left before crossing deep to the back post where Ciaran O'Connor delivered a peach of a looping header back over Dean Delaney and into the net to make it 1-1.
Akinade was a huge source of concern for the Derry defence and 25 minutes in he showed his worth again as he headed in his second goal of the game.
Bohemians were firmly in command of the battle as Jake Kelly's corner went straight onto the head of the striker, who didn't even have to jump as he guided the ball past Doherty from close range.
But yet again Bohemians could not hold onto the lead as Derry hit back within minutes.
Mark Quiley did brilliantly well to hold off an opponent before sliding the ball in behind the Bohs defence where Barry McNamee raced onto the ball before sliding it beyond Delaney for his second goal in two games.
But the men in green were celebrating again just minutes later.
Jake Kelly was allowed to waltz his way through the Derry defence and with no challenge coming from a red and white shirt, he simply stroked the ball beyond Doherty to give the visitors the lead for a third time on 35 minutes.
The home side should really have been level in the opening two minutes of the second half as they forced consecutive corners and Mark Timlin found Mark Quigley in an exact replica of Akinade's second goal, but the Derry striker somehow headed wide from very close range.
Quigley was heavily involved for Derry in the opening stages of the second half and he very nearly brought Derry level when he won the ball just inside the area and curled an effort goalwards only for Delaney to keep the ball out with a fine one-handed save.
Still, Derry remained on the front foot and it took an exceptional save from Dean Delaney to deny Stephen Dooley an equaliser, the midfielder's snapshot from the edge of the area flying through a crowd of players before the unsighted goalkeeper somehow got a hand to it to keep it out.
It was a night of what might have been for Derry but the club will turn their attention to appointing a new manager.
Hegarty is in pole position to land the job after guiding the club to safety but he faces competition from other candidates including former Northern Ireland defender Pat McGibbon.
Derry City: Doherty, McLaughlin (P McEleney 45), Jarvis, McBride, McCormack, McNamee, Quigley (Morrison 83), Dooley, O'Connor (McEneff 70), Timlin, Barry.
Bohemians: Delaney, Prendergast, Moore, Buckley (Creevy 90), Kelly (Kavanagh 78), Hayes, Murphy, Wearen, Caffrey, Akinade, Mulcahy.
Referee: Keith Long.